Dear Friends and Family!
Yes, it was another wonderful day in the Lord, Sunday! Yours truly was fully in fashion in vibrant purple hair…and we had visitors! Ouch or Amen? Well, it was a truly a joy to know you rose to the challenge and read 155 Missionary Books last church year! As I mentioned to Sherry, ‘we may never know the eternal impact of this accomplishment!’ Why, I wouldn’t be surprised to discover someone read something that will forever shape their lives! Amen! Didn’t read a book this year? Too bad… but the good news is we’ve already ordered next year’s and it won’t be long until you will have another opportunity to read and be changed!
God’s message this week came from Galatians 1:1-12 and was titled “We Are Witnesses.” When you accepted Jesus, you became a first-hand witness to the power of His grace! As a witness, there are times when you’re called to testify. While you may not know it, what you do often speaks louder than your words. Does your life in Christ inspire others to believe?
Paul is After establishing his authority (v. 1) and reminding them it was Jesus who gave himself to die on the cross as a sacrifice for sins and to rescue us from the present evil age, thereby fulfilling God’s will (v.4), Paul gets identifies a problem beginning in v. 6:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all” (Gal. 1:6-7a).
What’s the trouble? Paul gets right to the point! Some of the Galatians are deserting the gospel and had begun returning to their earlier pagan practices (See Galatians 4:8-10).
We discover in vv. 1:7b-9 some of the Jewish Christians are unhappy Gentiles have been extended salvation, so they pervert the gospel by adding requirements to coming to faith. These gullible Greeks apparently accept these new requirements as truth and while some embrace the new legalism, others simply return to their pagan past. Paul is incensed with these false teachers and twice declares a curse on them to eternal condemnation.
But, I can’t help wonder why these Galatians were so gullible, weak, and defenseless? Didn’t they know their scriptures? Weren’t they attending regular discipleship classes, worship, and engaged in a healthy prayer life and fasting? Why weren’t they grounded in their faith?
How about you? Our culture is full of false teaching, too! Some encourage worship of nature while others seem to worship the government and many believe all religions are the same. Are you gullible, weak and defenseless or strong?. Stay strong in your faith by reading your Bible, getting discipled during Sunday school and Wed. night, pray and fast regularly, and regularly attending worship! Others are depending on you! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
WORLD MISSION BROADCAST OFFERING BLESSINGS!
Thank you to everyone who gave to the World Mission Broadcast offering this week! $105 was received to take Jesus to the world through radio, television and Internet programs. On the air since 1951, World Mission Broadcast (WMB) reaches even the most remote parts of the world, with words of hope and holiness! Still want to give? You can! The cost to support 1 minute of WMB airtime is $4.00. Bless you for giving!
6th ANNUAL KEEP ‘EM COVERED DIAPER DRIVE
Throughout May we collected diapers for North End Community Ministry (NECM). What began as a simple and practical way to show God’s love to some of the neediest folks in our community 6 years ago, is now an annual event! God is good! I have had two people as us to extend the diaper drive one more week! Bring any size and put them in the crib in back of the sanctuary! GOAL = 1,200 COLLECTED = 1,263
2016 PRAYER GUIDE FOR THE MICHIGAN DISTRICT (STARTS JUN. 01)
It’s getting to be that time again when the District Church asks us to pray for the July activities at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp. From the District Assembly, to Camp Meeting, to the NMI, NYI, and SDMI Conventions, they all need our prayers! If you’re willing, pick up a 40-day prayer guide off the table outside the sanctuary and pray! Bless you!
DO WE HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY, AND EMAIL INFO?
As you’ve probably noticed, we put our church family’s birthdays and anniversaries in our weekly program. Do we have yours? If you’d like to be included, simply add your info to the ‘tear off tab’ and drop it in the offering plate or email Pastor Dan! Thanks!
ANNUAL CELEBRATION AND POTLUCK AFTER WORSHIP SUN., JUN. 12
Every year we have an annual church meeting to give our departments an opportunity to share their praises, plans, needs for prayer, and get your feedback so we can be even better leaders. This year we will be timing our Annual Celebration with our every other month potluck in an attempt to involve even more of you! Remember, this is a time for all of us – not just the members of the church! Come, listen, eat, and be blessed!
DON’T FORGET! NO CHILDREN’S CHURCH THIS SUMMER!
Yes, we love your children and agree kids can worship and learn about Jesus better when they can create something with their hands, receive a snack to eat, and move around, but our children's workers need a summer break! So, starting May 29th, the kids are staying with us during the worship service! Bless you for understanding!
OUR NEXT THIRD THURSDAY CHINESE LUNCH IS JUN. 16 AT 11:30AM!
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is Jun. 16 at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine Ave. The food is good, but the fellowship is even better! Come, enjoy a great time to eat, share joys, concerns and even laugh! If you have any questions? See Tracy or Linda!
CHURCH ELECTION BLESSINGS! GOD HAS SPOKEN! AMEN!
Every year we ask the Holy Spirit to guide our nominations, and ask our prospective nominated candidates to pray before letting their name run on the ballot. We also ask church members to pray before voting! Therefore, we believe God has spoken and below you will find the results! Bless everyone who took part! Praise the Lord!
Northeast Community Church of the Nazarene
2016 / 2017 Elections Results
NMI Council (vote for 3)
District Assembly Delegate
District Assembly Alt.Delegate
NMI Convention Delegate
NMI Convention Alt. Delegate
Sunday School Convention Delegate
NYI Convention Delegate
NYI Convention Alt. Delegate
*** these positions are members of the 2016-2017 church board
THE NEXT LADIES RENDEZVOUS IS SAT., JUN. 25 AT 10:30AM!
Cherry is planning the next Ladies Rendezvous for JUN. 25and all ladies are invited! Please contact Cherry for more info or if you need a ride! Call or text (616) 916-7595.
IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT SUMMER CAMP AT INDIAN LAKE!
Indian Lake Nazarene Camp has a wonderful summer camp for students of all ages. At camp kids learn to feel good about themselves, gain self-confidence, self-esteem, learn leadership skills, make friends, and learn about God’s love for them! You can learn more by going to this link: http://www.nazcamp.org/camps
Discovery Camp Completed K – 2nd grade Jul. 06-08
Adventure Camp Completed 2nd – 4th grade Jul. 18-22
Voyager Camp Completed 4th – 6th grade Jul. 25-29
Mid. School Camp Completed 6th – 8th grade Jun. 27 – July 01
High School Camp Completed 9th – 12th grade Jun. 20-24
Note: All camps are $ 275 (except for Discovery Camp which is $ 125)
FAMILY CAMP MEETING (SUMMER REVIVAL) IS COMING TO INDIAN LAKE IN JULY!
The Church of the Nazarene is just over 100 years old and one of her oldest traditions is to gather each year for a time of spiritual renewal called ‘Camp Meeting.’ Today, Camp Meeting is a one week time of renewal with 2 services a time of discipleship each day! Come for a single service or the week! whole week and you will be blessed!
Camp Meeting begins with District Assembly on Sun., Jul. 10th and ends Sun., July 17th. Pastor Dan spends the week at ‘camp’ in a small cabin at 7959 Victory St. Vicksburg, MI and would love to have you stop by! Need more information? See Pastor Dan or Janie!
DAILY DEVOTIONS – REFLECTING GOD ARE AVAILABLE!
“Reflecting God” is a daily devotional guide our church makes available free to anyone interested. The devotions provide a brief truth from the Bible every day. Reflecting God also has a section for reading the Bible in a year and praying for our missionaries! Feel free to take one! You’ll find them located on the table outside the sanctuary!
FRANKLIN GRAHAM SCHEDULE
Rev. Christopher has asked us to remember and pray for Franklin Graham as he travels to all 50 state capitals to hold prayer rallies. He writes, “America is in trouble, and the only answer is found in Jesus Christ…. I will challenge Christian’s to pray, boldly live out their faith and stand for biblical values, and help turn America back to God” (2 Ch. 7:14). You will find a copy of Franklin Graham’s schedule on the table outside the sanctuary.
GUIDELINES FOR PRAYER REQUESTS
Remember, to keep our prayer lists current, we only place requests in the newsletter and bulletin for 3 weeks without an update. If you want to keep your prayer request in the bulletin or newsletter just keep filling out the tear off tabs and keep us informed!
May 01-31 6th Annual Diaper Drive
Jun. 12 Annual Church Meeting (during potluck)
Jul. 10-11 District Assembly at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp
Jul. 10-17 Family Camp Meeting at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp